Sliced Dried Apricots
Product code: Dr8
Dried fruits such as apricots have been found to have been part of human diet for thousands of years. Evidence of them has been found in Mesopotamian culture in 4000BC.Dried apricots are available all year round. The drying process preserves all of the nutrition of the fresh fruit.
Improved eye health
In a 100g serving of dried apricots there’s approximately 1280 IU of vitamin A and 1.53mg of vitamin A. These nutrients are essential for maintaining eye health. In particular, vitamin A helps with night vision whereas vitamin E helps to protect the eyes against damage from free radicals.
In addition to this, dried apricots also contain a specific type of antioxidant called flavonoids, including chlorogenic acids, catechins and quercetin.
May support immune system
As dried apricots are high in vitamin A, they may could also help with supporting the immune system too.
Improved heart health
Another benefit is that dried apricots may be beneficial for heart health. One of the ways in which it supports heart health is through the flavonoids (as mentioned earlier in the article). But another way that dried apricots help in this area is through the potassium content, as a diet that is low in potassium has been linked to cardiovascular disease.
In just one 100g serving of dried apricots there is approximately 7.3g of fibre. A recent study concluded that dietary fibre has the potential to change the gut microbiota as well as being able to alter metabolic regulation.
Reduced risk of diabetes
Remember those flavonoids we’ve mentioned a couple of times in this guide? Well, they’re coming in handy again, this time for diabetes. One 2019 study stated that flavonoids improve the pathogenesis of diabetes and the complications that come with it by regulating the glucose metabolism, hepatic enzyme activities and a lipid profile.
Improved bone mineral density
Another key nutrient that apricots contain is boron, which may have beneficial effects on bone formation. In addition to this, a low boron intake reduces calcium and vitamin D levels which can affect bone mineral density.
Supports skin health
Dried apricots are also a good source of beta-carotene, which the body automatically converts into vitamin A (retinol). Retinol or retinoids are known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, which contributes to good skin health and appearance.
May reduce blood pressure
Since dried apricots contain potassium, they may be able to reduce blood pressure levels. Studies have shown that potassium could reduce high blood pressure in patients with hypertension (high blood pressure).